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13 reasons to watch "13 reasons why"

1. Such an important story to tell that happens to teenagers every day all over the world

2. The show does not shy away from important yet difficult to handle topics

3. Self harm, suicide and mental illness are not romanticized which is sadly still often the case in a lot of tv shows

4. The characters are so diverse !!


6. The characters are very real, you might hate some of them but still sympathize with them on another level

7. All the important character on the show get actual screentime

8. The show shows how important it is for a school to be involved with their students and to have proper policies and consequences when it comes to bullying and harassment

9. The show really shows how something that seems small can have a major impact one someone’s life and how that can lead them downwards a dark vicious spiral

10. The show doesn’t shy away from the portayal of suic*de and r*pe, not for a schock effect but to show how horrible these acts and their effects afterwards are.(trigger warnings are shown before these particular episodes start!!)

11. The show really excelled in bringing the show to life from page to screen in such a way that you can really relate to these characters even though not all of them are good .

12. 13 reasons why is so different from other shows and stories as it isn’t really a love story or a story that starts sad and end happily ever after but it is instead a story that starts sad and stays sad but is not less if not more intriguing than your average young adult tv show.

13. And lastly 13 reasons why portrays not just the story of one person but the story of a community and how quickly everything within affects one another, it doesn’t just tell a story of bad guys and good guys but of actual people who’ve made both good and bad decisions in their lives.

Dragon Age Scholars™ of tumblr, I have a question that I still haven’t been able to decide on a satisfactory answer to. Why DID loghain kill cailan? I get that the basic idea is “he was power hungry and wanted to control the throne through Anora” but like. What caused that? I’m replaying origins again and every time loghain comes up, eamon/anora/anyone else who knows him reasonably well will comment on how strange and out-of-character it is for someone who was so devoted to Ferelden and Maric, and generally regarded as a hero, to go and betray the theirin bloodline like that. What was his agenda?

neil josten, pt. I

“It’s just confusing”, Neil mumbled, tapping a cold thumb against the filter of their shared cigarette. Andrew watched as the ashes broke away from the tip and disappeared into the empty air below them, disintegrating like sand in the wind, and listened.

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Many fascists did. Mussolini led the left-wing of the Italian Socialist Party in the mid-1910s, and was at times sympathized with by another party member, a guy by the name of Antonio Gramsci. Mussolini’s shift to the right and subsequent imprisonment of Gramsci leads us to forget that they at one point shared ideological overlap. This is not a criticism of Gramsci, who would obviously go on to be passionately anti-fascist, but rather I’m making the point that fascists are slippery, and can sometimes thrive within the left too.

thesnowofthecastle  asked:

Do you realise that almost no white people follow this account? Do you realise that most followers are non-whites being filled with hatred toward white people? What good does this blogg actually achieve?

1.) There’s no way for me to quantify the number of white people who follow this account, and frankly you are even more unqualified to make any statement  on the number of white people following this blog lmao. That being said, I don’t mind or care about white people following, and if they choose not to, that’s fine with me, because not everything has to be tailored for consumption by white people.

2.) These submissions are curated out of people’s life experiences. Unless people are straight up lying when they submit things, all these posts are true, and most likely highly shared experiences. This blog isn’t filling POC with hate, POC stay filled with “hate” just by virtue of being a person of color living among white supremacy. 

2b.) I don’t think this blog fills POC with hatred towards white people (and even if it did, POC lack the institutional power to oppress white people in any meaningful way). I think this blog is just a testament to the fact that POC are tired of white people (and even other people of color) doing and saying things that contribute to the misrepresentation and/or mistreatment of their race.

3.) I think that if all this blog does is give POC an outlet to commiserate and sympathize with one another, it’s achieved enough. If white people follow and this blog causes them to be more critical of their interactions with POC, that would make me happy as well. If white people decide to steer clear, then I don’t really care. If reading about how very specific actions or behaviors hurt POC make you feel some kinda way/personally attacked, that has nothing to do with me as a moderator and everything to do with you and your unwillingness to consider/change/grow/be a little less racist.

elenaloveablekotsala  asked:

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Send me a “ 🔥 “ for an unpopular opinion.

// In spite of the fact that I have way more respect for Katherine than Damon, I still think Datherine should have been endgame. I think this for a long list of reasons, but it kind of comes down to the fact that, in my eyes, I think they kind of deserve each other, at least from a black and white perspective, but from the gray area in between, I think that they understand each other on a level that they really can’t reach with anyone else. They avoid noticing it themselves, but aside from their romantic chemistry, they’re able to sympathize with one another more than anyone else. I think that’s scary for them both, the way that they’re such mirror images of each other, but that would have been a really cool plotline to delve into. We never really got to see Damon and Katherine really digging their claws into each other and really getting to know each other, not necessarily former lover turned enemy to former lover turned enemy, but gutting into who Damon is and who Katherine is. Such a shame.

Also, Stelena should have been endgame, but that opinion is neither obscure nor unpopular

anonymous asked:

Also, take a moment to think about people. How our minds work, how a person can not only make up, and feel billions of trillions of emotions, but sympathize when another human feelings them. People are amazing. Steve Jobs, created a business in which every person world wide knows. He didn't start inventing til he was in his 40's. Oprah was fired for not being "TV product worthy" in her 20s. Beyonce was suicidal because she was told she had an awful voice and couldn't make it. (part 2)

Oh yeah I learned that in class lol

If Bluestar Had Mentored Tigerstar

Bluestar mentoring Tigerstar would have had a much more positive effect on the dark tabby’s life.

Thistleclaw taught violence, ferocity, mercilessness. He preferred claws to words and anarchy to peace. Bluestar would have taught nobility and faith, compassion and love, fairness and purity, the things that being a warrior is all about.

With this kind of teaching, Tigerpaw would have grown up to be much like his friend Whitestorm. He would still be ambitious, but not violent. He would be a loyal warrior, almost a perfect warrior.

He and Bluestar would be close. They would have the loss of a parent and a littermate in common, which would cause them to sympathize with and understand one another. His hatred for kittypets would fade, just as Bluestar’s hate for WindClan faded. He would be an all-around better cat.

He would truly fall in love with Goldenflower, and he would be a big part of his kits’ lives. He would love that Tawnykit looked just like her mother (and not a fucking tortoiseshell like her description was changed to; her name doesn’t even make sense with her being a tortoiseshell) and that Bramblekit was a tiny copy of himself.

He would be a wonderful mentor to Ravenpaw (who would grow up to be named Ravenwing) and then again to Sorreltail.

He would become leader after Bluestar lost her last life to greencough, and Whitestorm would be his deputy.

ruthimagination  asked:

What does Icarus wish most for the people he's closest to?

Knowledge and a bit of empathy. 

Icarus is one of my rare hybrids that didn’t face harsh discrimination against what he was and who his parents were (human/elf), so he grew up fairly happy and sheltered. But just because he was privileged didn’t mean he didn’t watch friends and acquaintances go through what he was lucky enough to escape.

He grew up watching people hate on both sides of the spectrum (minorities hating majorities, and vice versa) and it confused him. He couldn’t understand why everyone couldn’t sympathize with one another and get along.

He hates it when Favian gets a bit unnecessarily harsh with humans, when Airen is overly unsympathetic with certain races, or when Javiel desperately struggles to except his lineage (choosing between his Avialeus or Human genes). He just wants everyone to get along, and accept themselves and eachother for who and what they are.     

thantos1991  asked:

My favorite characters at once!!!*

Yay! Mine too! I always have extensive backstory in my head when I write these little short stories for people, and one of my favorite things is when characters from my different stories are friends and sympathize with one another over the weird stuff I put them through! That was the main reason I wanted to write them all together.

anonymous asked:

Sineala, I don't know who to ask. Is Captain America an asshole? I have been in Marvel for while, it started with Spidey, Avengers and now X-Men. He is really hated in X-men part of community, it's toxic hate. They label him as racist to mutants. :/

Sorry about taking so long to get back to you, anon! I… really had to think about how to phrase this.

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Aaron Ybarra pictured as he was found guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Paul Lee at Seattle Pacific University on November 16, 2016, along with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault. The jurors agreed it was obvious he’s mentally ill, but they couldn’t return a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity because they noted evidence such as his journal and confession proved he was legally sane at the time of the shooting. Several of them expressed how difficult of a decision it was, such as one juror who said, “There were tears shed in the jury room. It was emotional,” while another sympathized, “That whole progression, it was like an airline accident. It’s never just one thing, it’s six or seven things that make a disaster.” A compassion for his condition was further shared:“It’s not easy to commit a man to prison for his entire life, especially when he’s mentally ill.”

Ybarra’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 27th, and he faces anywhere from 88 to 111 years in prison.

nightsdemon  asked:

Let me start by saying I love your analyses! Every time one comes up on my dash I get really excited :) One thing I'm really curious about is your thoughts on Hiccup's "dance" during Forbidden Friendship in HTTYD1... I firmly hold the belief it's a significant point in the building of their friendship and wondered what you thought about it?

Awwww thank you so much! That’s really nice of you. :) And honestly every single time I get an analysis question in my inbox, I get really excited, too. It’s so much fun to see what other people think and to talk about it with them. Thank you for sending me this!

I totally one hundred percent agree this is a significant building point in Hiccup and Toothless’ relationship. The entire Forbidden Friendship sequence intends to make Toothless lovable and relatable and the growing bond between him and Hiccup tangible - elsewise, the rest of the plot and particularly the emotions of the movie would not be sustaining. Here we see the transition between a Viking and dragon as enemies become… unlikely friends.

At the start of Forbidden Friendship, when Hiccup gives Toothless a fish, and the dragon regurgitates it so the boy can share with him, we see that there is much disconnect between the two species. They do not know how to respond to one another or fully understand one another - Toothless is doing something Hiccup considers very gross. Likewise, Toothless has no idea what Hiccup’s smile could mean except that it’s something good. But the thing is, they are trying to please each other. Hiccup takes a big bite out of the fish Toothless clearly wants him to eat, and the dragon tries to reciprocate one of Hiccup’s facial expressions. They might not be on the same track, but we can tell they still are trying to sympathize with one another and understand each other.

And then Hiccup reaches his hand out, Toothless growls, and darts away. There might be curiosity, but there isn’t that much trust yet. Toothless and Hiccup are willing to interact with each other, sure, but not at that level! That’s too personal! It’s because there isn’t a bond yet between them.

That’s the way the rest of Forbidden Friendship continues. Toothless and/or Hiccup demonstrate(s) interest in the other individual, but there’s a gap between them. They can’t touch each other. There’s still suspicion. There’s still growling and flinching. Although they are opening up slightly to one another, there’s definitely still a barrier and a bit of lack in trust. They retreat from one another as soon as the interaction becomes too “close” or “personal”.

That is - until the “dance” at the end of Forbidden Friendship. That’s where everything changes. That’s where the trust suddenly kicks in and we get that bond. As we hear in filmmakers’ commentary, once Hiccup touches Toothless’ nose, “That’s the moment they really connect.”

Really, from the very beginning of this scene, Hiccup drawing, Toothless watching, we can tell something is going to happen with their relationship. Body posture is so much more relaxed for both boy and dragon. It’s opened. There’s that potential. The friendship can form.

And so we have that “dance”.

The reason why the “dance” part especially is so important is because it’s the moment Hiccup and Toothless aren’t just showing they are curious about each other - it’s the moment that they finally successfully interact. It’s not the hugely awkward fish scene. This is a successful interaction, and they understand what the other is doing throughout the entire scene. Toothless understands Hiccup is drawing, and thus does some “art” himself. Hiccup understands that Toothless is subsequently protective and proud of the art - he’s not growling to be threatening. It’s a much more benign growl, and Hiccup understands that intent of communication. Hiccup stiffens slightly the first time Toothless growls, but then you see him look down at the line on the art, and understanding immediately dawns on his face.

It’s the first scene that Toothless while growling isn’t doing so because he feels threatened - he growls because Hiccup steps on a line of his “artwork”. He immediately changes to a non-threatening posture and burble once Hiccup’s foot leaves that line. So there’s a playfulness to his response when Hiccup touches the line. And Hiccup, a little hesitantly, plays back. He brings his foot up and down from the line multiple times, watching Toothless’ expression change. Thus, while there is a bit of timidness on both of their parts, it’s also a very friendly interaction in the step toward playfulness. We’ve never seen this before between the two of them. N.e.v.e.r.

Before I talk more about Hiccup’s physical movements spinning around the art itself, I also need to point out that Toothless’ very physical act of drawing is something not innately rigged into the Night Fury species. These creatures just don’t spin around doodling with tree trunks. It’s not in their nature, just as the characters always thought it was not in the “nature” of dragons and Vikings to befriend one another. Until now. A dragon does something a dragon would never do without feedback from a human. Toothless’ entire action is meant to mimic Hiccup! It’s even bigger than the smile, and it shows the dragon’s curiosity and positive view toward the Viking. He wants to do what Hiccup does. Start of a bond? Yes. Totally.

Not only does he draw a picture, but he draws it all around Hiccup. Hiccup is the center physically of it, and Hiccup is the center of why this dragon ever thought to draw in the dirt in the first place.

Then Hiccup starts spinning around, stepping over the lines of Toothless’ drawing. He’s whirling around in circular patterns, not quite knowing where he is going. He sees the immediate lines at his feet but not the big picture of where he’s ultimately headed. That’s so much like how the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless starts. Hiccup does not really know where he is going in Berkian life and as he visits the Cove, he does not fully cognize he has been making a friend in a dragon. He’s just… spinning around… until this point where he almost runs into Toothless. Almost runs into the dragon accidentally. And indeed the formation of their friendship is sort of accidental, built up on curiosity, returning to the same location again and again… and beginning to interact with each other.

He accidentally almost bumps into a dragon. Literally and symbolically. Hiccup never would have thought he would befriend a dragon… until now.

And because this “dance” is such a monumental interaction where they realize they like each other and are beginning to understand one another… both Hiccup and Toothless consciously notice a bond has formed. Hiccup’s smile with Toothless in this scene is not awkward, but genuine.

Look at that smiling. It’s not scared. It’s amused. It’s almost a little fond. It’s certainly knowing. Hiccup knows what’s going on with Toothless.

And so when Hiccup reaches out his hand this time, Toothless does not retreat as he has earlier in Forbidden Friendship. He widens his eyes, stares at Hiccup’s palm, and leans in to make contact. Both Hiccup and Toothless’ eyes are closed - there’s still hesitation and nervousness on both their parts - but it’s a clear expression here that they have a bond and want to move forward. Hiccup reaches out, then pulls back, then reaches out again. Toothless starts to lean in, draws a bit back, then leans in again for the touch. There’s hesitation before the touch, but both ultimately end up making the decision to reach out and… connect. It’s a forbidden friendship, but friendship nonetheless. Thus, boom. Physical contact.

The “dance” leads all up to it. It’s the first time we see a successful “friend-like” interaction between them, and I think it’s the moment both Toothless and Hiccup realize their interest in one another is more than curiosity. It’s a budding friendship.

You can even see it in Hiccup’s eyes the moment Toothless leaves. That moment of “Wow, this just happened.”

And from here on out, Hiccup, Toothless, and audiences all know the friendship exists. And that it’s going to grow.

Like… I have read every single post in the past 29 hours in the rvb13 tag at this point. Let’s maybe not play this off as some feud where fans of both generals are equally awful, huh?

The most extreme examples of Doyle Hate I could find: “Doyle shouldn’t have talked down to Kimball” or “Doyle is still a bit of a weenie” or “Doyle is inexperienced” or “He’s been absolute shit at leading by example.”

The most extreme examples of Kimball Hate I could find: “Kimball is a bitch” or “Kimball was a real cunt this episode” or “Kimball needs a good slap” or “I fucking hate Kimball” or “Kimball needs to watch her fucking mouth”.

There is a bit of an imbalance in tone there man. Like. It is totally okay to feel bad for Doyle! Definitely! But if you can understand where Doyle is coming from, if you can sympathize with him, you can maybe also take a sec to put the same amount of effort into sympathizing with another young general thrown into an impossible situation. And maybe you can recognize that there is a reason that only female characters get this level of vitriolic, visceral hate thrown at them the second they act out of anger or frustration. Y’know. Like a human being does, sometimes.


Rick Grimes (Leo 23 July - 22 August) & Daryl Dixon (Capricorn | 22 December - 19 January)

When Leo and Capricorn join together in a love match, they form a mutually supportive union. Capricorn is more conservative, hard working and traditional in outlook. Leo is a firm believer in hard work, but tends to get things done through their charm and social skills. However, both are extremely devoted, especially to each other. Although they may seem to be an unlikely couple on the surface, their love will grow as they discover similarities.

Both partners love working toward their goals. Capricorns are in awe at the seemingly impossible goals Leo tend to strive towards and their ability to delegate authority to reach these goals. Because both Signs are so determined, with a bit of careful attention they will sympathize with one another. Strength and perseverance are common factors for both signs. Capricorn and Leo will admire each other greatly.

Leo is ruled by the Sun and Capricorn is ruled by the Planet Saturn. The Sun is about ego and self, and it radiates warmth and light. Leo indeed radiates this kind of energy and enthusiasm. Saturn is about responsibility and hard work. These two can learn from one another’s diversity. The Sun represents life, and Saturn represents tenacity; as long as they pay attention to one another, their combination is a good one, leading to many completed projects.

Leo is a Fire Sign and Capricorn is an Earth Sign. Leo wants creative freedom, while Capricorn desires professional security. This combination creates a balanced romantic relationship. As long as they continually reassure one another of their significance, conflicts are not usually harmful to the relationship.

Leo is a Fixed Sign and Capricorn is a Cardinal Sign. Both can be stubborn, opinionated and ambitious. Both partners tend to persevere when working toward their goals. Once they agree that the match is a good one, they will never forget its value and will devote themselves to maintaining the relationship.

What’s the best aspect of the Leo-Capricorn relationship? It’s their devotion to handling the task in front of them. Both Signs have strong personalities, and though they may at times seem an unlikely pair, this is a case of opposites attracting. This duo has a good time with one another, and this facet of the relationship keeps them wanting more.

Orphans Stick Together (Youth AU) || Closed @pmdsableyequeen

Rafe peeked out from around the side of Blissey’s daycare, eyes wide as she watched the locals go about their business.

All the young Pokemon staying there had just been let out to play in the summer sun. They were all out front, though… and the little Pichu had no friends among them anyway. Playing with balls and dolls and other little baubles just didn’t interest her. She’d rather watch the exploration teams run about town, storing their supplies, linking moves, withdrawing and depositing money… and most of all, talking about all the incredible missions they were about to go on.

Volcanos bubbling with magma… hidden caves filled to the brim with treasure… ancient ruins, towering mountains, deep seas… It was enough to make her little imagination run wild.

She hid as a Pokemon came too close to her hiding place, peeking out a few moments later…

She hadn’t been spotted.

The Pichu sighed, sinking down to sit on the ground.

Explorers seemed so brave… Excited all the time about their next great find… And they looked caring, too. They always seemed to sympathize with one another, wishing each other luck and saying next time would be different.

“I wish I was a’ explorer…” she sighed dreamily.

You? An explorer?!

Rafe squeaked, whirling around to see three young Pokemon. A Magby, a male Nidoran, and a Shinx. They were all older than her… and bigger… but they were still young enough to be in Blissey’s care.

The Shinx - a female, by the sound of it - laughed.

“Aww! But don’t you know? There are no Pichu on exploration teams! They’re too little!”

“And weak!” The Nidoran added.

“You’d shock yourself silly trying to fight through enemies!”

“And besides…” the Magby - male - cooed, almost sympathetically.

“Have you seen exploration team Pokemon? They’re all really cool and tough! There’s not a single one as cute as you!”

Rafe shrank back with each comment, tears starting to gather in her eyes.

“I-…! I-I’ll get bigger…! A-And stronger…! And I’m n-not cute!” she squeaked.

The older Pokemon laughed, Shinx gushing at her protests.

“Awww! Da widdle Pichu thinks she’s tough! How cute!”

“I-I’m not cute!” Rafe protested.

“Oh, you should see yourself!” Nidoran laughed.

“You’re fluffing up!”

Tears dribbled down her cheeks.

“S-Stop it!”

“Aww, don’t cry!” Magby giggled.

“A Pichu like you, you’re gonna –”


Rafe coughed a couple times, blinking as she realized what just happened.

She… She shocked herself… Again.

Her three antagonists blinked a few times… before bursting into raucous laughter.

“S-…Stoooop!” Rafe cried.

RoboFist Reviews: "Gone Girl"

I hate Gone Girl.

I hate how it toys with the audience. We’re given glimmers of hope in this dark, unforgiving world, and it’s ripped away from us seconds later. We’re told to despise one person and sympathize with another, only for the end result to be much, much different from what we expected. Flynn and Fincher know what we want. We want justice, comeuppance. Flynn laughs at such a notion, and Fincher forbids us from ignoring the hopelessness.

I hate the characters. I hate how, out of everyone in the film, there were maybe two people who weren’t purposefully doing something wrong. I hate how their flaws are what define them, but not what characterizes them. I hate how they’re people, real people, like you and me. I hate how I very well may know a few couples like Nick and Amy. I hate how these characters are so fleshed out in the most twisted of ways that I can’t sleep at night thinking about them.

I hate how the media is portrayed. I despise the fact that people like Ellen Abbott and Sharon Schieber exist, and that people in the audience laughed at how over-the-top they were, while Nancy Grace was wrapping up her latest episode. I hate how people don’t understand how real these characters are. I hate how journalism has gone from “reporting the facts” to “following a story." 

I hate how well-written and directed it is. I hate how the suspense grabs onto your mind and says "You think you know how this ends, but just you wait.” I hate how we, as audience members, keep expecting a happy ending. I hate how the ending to this story is the author pointing her fingers and laughing at us in a sadistic, George R. R. Martin-esque manner. I hate how she’s right. I hate how this is how some relationships are.

And, above all else, I hate the ending. I hated how, realistically, there was nothing that could be done. I hated how I threw the book down in frustration when I was done, and was stupid enough to think that Flynn would make the ending less controversial for the film. I hated how the movie made me feel angry and terrified and miserable all over again. I hate how Flynn got me twice.

I hate that it was a great adaptation on Fincher’s part. I hate how fascinating, suspenseful, and horrifyingly real the novel was. It forced me to see the world from an angle I’m not comfortable with, and I hate that I wasn’t prepared. 

One of the taglines for Fincher’s previous adaptation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was “The Feel Bad Movie of the Season”, but that’s far from true. Dragon Tattoo left us drained, but hopeful. Gone Girl bypasses such niceties and instead leaves us emotionally exhausted, hands clenched, and utterly hopeless.

Long story short, this is a near-flawless adaptation of a bone-chilling novel, a grisly satirical look at the American Dream, 24-hour media, and the grim nature of marriage in the 21st century. It’s unforgiving, uncompromising, and unforgettable. It keeps me up at night angry and scared, but it never leaves my mind.

(To check out my review of Gillian Flynn’s original novel, click here)

Dear CBS,

I am quite disgusted and appalled by your edit of Big Brother 18 player Natalie Negrotti this season.

It’s quite obvious this station is openly misogynistic, but the evidence just continues to be collected every time.

All season long you have portrayed her as this ditzy bubbly girl with no brain in her head who loves the country boy. So as long as she was on James’ side that was what would be considered a fairly decent edit with the shit that was pulled these last 2 episodes. Despite the fact you completely discredited her for the flip against Paulie the week Zakiyah left. Despite the fact you have not shown that yes despite being a bubbly upbeat woman, she actually had quite a good view of the house, and was very perceptive.

However these last 2 episodes has made it even more obvious of this shows rampant misogyny. The minute you guys could collect evidence to make it look like Natalie was throwing country boy James under the bus you took no time to make her the villain in your storyline. Despite the fact she was more referring to Nicole and Corey in people she shouldn’t have trusted, and despite the fact that previous to this James had thrown Natalie under the bus multiple times. Yet of course you didn’t dare to show that. Cause he’s the one who you want us to feel for. Well sorry it doesn’t work for someone who has a brain and knows what’s going on in the feeds. It does seem to have effect on your braindead casual viewers though. Which isn’t quite that shocking since most viewers are middle aged republicans.

You of course didn’t show Natale apologizing to James. You of course forgot to show the part where they actually made up. But it didn’t fit your sexist narrative. So I get why you couldn’t quite show that.

Then there’s the exit interview. Where you once more have show your asses by giving Julie Chen questions that rake a woman over the coals. I have yet to see this be done to a man.

Frank had harassed the women in the house especially the 2 black women Da'Vonne Rogers and Zakiyah Everette. He then targetted the 2 women when they expressed discomfort about this, and wanted them out of the house. Despite one accurate edit about the whole thing, the rest were soft as was the eviction interview. Not bringing up the harassment at all. Classy.

Paulie had shown he was a grade A misogynist many times on feeds, you didn’t show this until Bridgette and Michelle called him out on the live show, and despite one accurate edit, production destryoed that by making his last 2 episodes a way to try and sympathize with him.

Another light exit interview for a man who didn’t deserve it.

Natalie’s exit interview however you had no problem giving Julie questions to make her into the bad guy. Where were this questions for Paulie or for Frank? How come this patter continues where we only see women being called out?

To expand on that last post…

Usually those kind of retellings/unofficial sequels (ones where the hero is ACTUALLY THE VILLAIN and the villain is ACTUALLY MISUNDERSTOOD AND THE TRUE HERO) come about for two reasons:

1) The author wants to be SHOCKING and ORIGINAL by switching the hero and the villain, except this is neither shocking nor original and usually winds up seriously warping the personalities of both characters

2) The author, for one reason or another, sympathizes with the villain and wants to retell the story from their perspective (or something similar), and to paint them in a better light, either downplays their flaws or, worse, excuses them (usually in a “SHE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO BE EVIL” way or “IT WAS THE HERO’S FAULT HE BECAME LIKE THIS” way), and then vilifies the hero to make the villain seem better. And this, again, warps the personality of both characters.

Both of these are cheap storytelling.

It’s totally fine to write the story from the villain’s perspective, or to cast a more sympathetic light on the villain, but… write both the hero and the villain fairly. Show the villain being villainous. Don’t excuse or downplay their faults. Don’t show the hero in a bad light just to make the villain look better.

You want to make the villain sympathetic? Don’t excuse their flaws, and give them depth.

GLaDOS and Wheatley are both excellent examples of sympathetic villains. Neither of their flaws are excused–they’re both shown in all their hideously flawed glory, even with the backstories showing how they got that way. They both had bad things happen to them, but nothing excused their terrible behavior. They’re both awful people, but look at how much the fans love them–in spite of, and even because of, their flaws! The writers of Portal and Portal 2 didn’t need to put Chell in a bad light to make GLaDOS and Wheatley be sympathetic–they simply made sure both villains had a lot of depth to them. That’s all.

There’s a ton of other examples out there of villains that are sympathetic–those were just the first that came to my mind.

Just… please stop relying on really cheap storytelling techniques to make readers sympathize with villains.